MEDIchair was started by Phil and Charlene Gobbi and their silent partners George and Hilda Lipke in 1997. Phil left a long-time position at the Prince George Citizen and Charlene, the School District. None of the partners had any background in the field but were very fortunate to get a lot of support from the Franchiser at the time.
In 2014, The Gobbi’s bought George and Hilda Lipke out, and in 2015, they sold the company to their children, Chris Gobbi and Heather Hawes. During the same time the MEDIchair franchise saw some substantial changes and after the dust settled, MEDIChair Prince George became the last remaining MEDIchair in Canada. Now a Licensee of Birch Hill Equity Firm MEDIchair North BC has a close working relationship with Motion, one of Canada’s largest Medical Suppliers. Although MEDIchair remains fully locally owned and operated, having a relationship with Motion allows us to take advantage of Motion’s buying power and expertise.
Chris was Vice Chair of Accessibility for the World Paranordic Ski Championships and MEDIchair was a Title Sponsor. MEDIchair donated staff expertise to assist with maintenance of equipment on race days and was onsite throughout the Championships and products to help make the facility as accessible as possible.